Australians know the world is watching their NBN; Clearwire possibly in play

> Perhaps they're just a trifle self-centered, but Australians believe the world is tuned into what's going to happen with their National Broadband Plan (NBN), a political football with ramifications for similar rollouts internationally. Story.

> At least one analyst, Steve Clement of Pacific Crest, thinks Sprint (NYSE: S) should "make a move for control" of Clearwire (Nasdaq: CLWR) as the WiMAX provider again seeks more cash to continue its 4G buildout. Story.

> Swiss cable operator Cablecom has an idea of how to attract more subscribers. It's offering a deal that lets customers try out any product for up to 60 days without a contract as long as they cancel before the end of the trial and return all equipment. Story.

> Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) has told the FCC that it has no plans to change the way NBC interacts with Hulu and that all the same content now posted to the online video site will be available there once the MSO gets its hands on it. Story.

> China and giant should be as synonymous as giant and panda so it should come as no surprise that that the nation plans to merge its 1,000 radio and television networks into one huge entity. Story.

> Blair Levin, generally conceded to be the architect of the U.S. National Broadband Plan, said he isn't surprised that surveyed Americans showed some disinterest in such a plan. "Until we start providing services, it's understandable that the public doesn't understand why (broadband) is a public necessary (sic)," he said. Story.

And finally... In Minnesota they understand that broadband is a public necessary. The Star Tribune, in an editorial, took to task "pro-business" gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer for failing to "check in with firms around the state before ridiculing next-generation high-speed Internet service." Story.

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